Each Tuesday, Smart Flight Training will post a sample question that a pilot could expect to see on an FAA Knowledge Test or hear during the oral portion of a checkride. A little known secret to saving money and time during your flight training: PREPARE! Hopefully Testing Tuesday post will be one small step in helping you live up to your side of learning to fly by being prepared when you meet with your flight instructor, saving you money and time! Good luck on the below question – click the link at the bottom to see the answer and explanation!
(See Airport Diagram below question) That portion of the runway identified by the letter A may be used for:
- Taxiing and takeoff
- Taxiing and landing
Click Image to Enlarge – NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATION
The correct answer is a: Taxiing and takeoff
On an Airport Diagram, Displaced Thresholds are shown as in the above diagram. At letter A on the Airport Diagram above, the symbol:
shows the location on the runway of a displaced threshold, if one exists. Remember that a displaced threshold allows a pilot to taxi and use that length as part of a takeoff run, but if using that runway for landing, the pilot MUST land at or beyond the displaced threshold.
This is a good illustration of a runway that has a different length available for takeoff vs. landing… in other words, a pilot has the entire length of the runway to use for takeoff, but only has the length of runway PAST the displaced threshold to use for landing.
Remember, also, that pavement can extend but not really be used for takeoff either – such as letter E on the above diagram. An Airport Diagram will show Stopways as a gray area:
which distinguish it from hard surfaced runways, which are black:
You’ll notice that Stopways are the same color as taxiways and parking areas. Stopways are used strictly in the case of an overrun on landings or aborted takeoffs, but cannot be used for any other reason.
Reference: FAA Aeronautical Chart User’s Guide
I hope this Testing Tuesday question was enlightening and helpful! If you have any questions or concerns about this answer (or have a question that you would like to see on an upcoming Testing Tuesday post), contact us and let us know!
Andrew Hartley is a certificated flight instructor and commercial pilot in Columbus, Ohio. He would be more inclined to grow up if he saw that it worked out for everyone else.